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From Silos to Systems

From Silos to Systems
Reframing Schools for Success

March 2013 | 224 pages | Corwin
You're stunned by the increase in student absenteeism this year and wonder what is causing it. There may be multiple factors, but few administrators have the luxury of investigating them all. From Silos to Systems provides specific application steps for engaging all staff in a systematic approach to dealing with the various causes of schoolwide problems. School leaders who have used this approach find numerous benefits:

- Teachers have a way for their voices to be heard

- Headteachers spend less time trying to integrate all the concerns of various advisory groups

- Strong cross-cutting ties that spur collaboration emerge among teachers

- Educators realize more dramatic results from their efforts.

The book also includes current research on developing a positive school climate, improving professional learning opportunities, utilizing data analysis to identify and resolve instructional and behavior issues, and the effective use of technology in schools.

List of Figures and Tables
About the Authors
Section I
1. Why Reframe Professional Lives of Educators?
2. Essential Structure for Reframing Professional Life in Schools
3. Essential Processes for Teamwork
4. Managing Change Successfully
5. Barriers and Pitfalls
Section II
6. School Culture and Climate
7. Data Analysis
8. Family and Community Partnerships
9. Curriculum and Instruction
10. Technology
11. Professional Development

"The authors' work experience in over 400 low performing schools provides a platform to develop a successful working model to improve schools."

Randel Beaver, Superintendent
Archer City ISD, TX

"The authors have clearly spent serious time in the 21st century schoolhouse. This book’s highly integrated presentation speaks to their fluency in the current language of teachers and instructional leaders. It should be required reading for every principal in America. Clear, powerful, accurate, and provocative writing."

Rob Kesselring, Head Guide and CEO of
Uncommon Seminars LLC, Apple Valley, MN

"Educators and policymakers need to add this outstanding book to their toolbox for implementing reform. This well-written volume explains how to reorganize schools into more effective enterprises and cites clear examples grounded in rich scientific studies. For those faced with how to make things happen and work smarter, this excellent book delivers on both!"

Barbara Schneider, John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor
Michigan State University

"For a principal looking to reorganize the information flow within the building, this book would be a good place to start. It is a quick read and any of the last six chapters could be pulled out and studied individually."

Justin B. Henry, Superintendent
Goddard Public Schools, Goddard, Kansas
School Administrator, April 2012

Sample Materials & Chapters



Sally B. Kilgore

Sally Kilgore is president and CEO of Modern Red SchoolHouse Institute. Her work has appeared in Education Leadership, Harvard Education Review, and American Sociological Review. In the early 1980s, she coauthored High School Achievement with Thomas Hoffer and the noted scholar, James S. Coleman. She has served on the editorial boards of the American Education Research Journal, Sociology of Education, and Review of Research in Education. In the 1980s, she served as the director of the office of research (OERI) for the U.S. Department of Education. During the 1990s, she served on the advisory board for the National Center for Education... More About Author

Karen J. Reynolds

Karen Reynolds has served as an organizational consultant and facilitator to businesses and schools for over 20 years. While working with MRSH, she has coached teams and principals in large inner city, suburban, and rural districts across the United States. She specializes in helping administrators and school leadership teams design and guide the improvement efforts in their schools. She also works individually with principals as they lead their schools through changes and transitions. She currently serves as the lead facilitator in the federally funded research initiative: Systems Leadership in Middle Schools. Over the course of twenty... More About Author

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